Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat

The St. James Concert Series will present the Femme Flutale and Piano Trio, featuring flautists Sandra Betti and June Diggle with pianist Andrea Marks, in a performance of classical and semi-classical music at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Red Church in Sonora.

Billing their program as "Fun, Charming Classical Music" and utilizing the range of the flute family, the trio will open their program with the "Flower Duet" from the opera "Lakmé" by Delibes, followed by Agay's "Dialogues for Two Flutes," the "Concerto in E Minor" by Telemann, "Some Enchanted Evening" from Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "South Pacific," the Japanese-style "Mariko Suite" by American composer Catherine McMichael, and the flirtatious "Chanson Bohème" from the Bizet opera "Carmen."

After a brief intermission, three recipients of the Sierra Music Scholarships - Nathan Clark, a piano student of Andrea Marks, Jonathon Bermea, a vocal student of Louise McPeters, and Lillian Fox, a piano student of Carolyn Sylva - will perform.

Following the student performances, the trio will return with the flamboyant "Pièce Romantique" by Gaubert, then close their program with New York composer Gary Schocker's humorous "Three Dances for Two Flutes."

The trio will use three different sized flutes for this concert: the standard C flute; the alto flute, which is longer and provides the lower tones; and the smaller piccolo, which provides the brilliant high tones to complete the full band-width of sound.

Sandra Betti holds a bachelor of music degree in flute performance, and has studied with Paul Renzi, principal flutist with the San Francisco Symphony, and with Leone Buyse, assistant principal flutist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared with the Berkeley Symphony and the Artesian Pops Orchestra in Los Angeles and on concert tours of Europe with classical guitarist Sergio Funes.

Betti has worked for several musical instrument manufacturers as a sales representative and is currently active in the local music community, both performing and teaching private flute lessons to elementary and high school students. She serves as music director for St. Patrick's Church in Sonora and is director of the Sonora Bach Festival.

June Diggle earned a bachelor of music degree from San Diego State University, graduating with honors and distinction. Among her many teachers have been Roger Stevens, principal flautist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and Luella Howard, principal flautist for Twentieth-Century Fox Studios. Diggle is a member of the National Flute Association and performed for 30 years in the San Diego area as a member of the Mesa Symphony Orchestra and as a soloist and ensemble musician with her business: In Perfect Harmony.

Locally, Diggle has performed at the Bear Valley Music Festival, Mother Lode Friends of Music series, and the Sonora Bach Festival. She is a member of the St. James Concert Series Board of Directors and is director of the series' annual Sierra Music Scholarship auditions.

Andrea Marks received her undergraduate degree in piano from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree with a piano pedagogy emphasis from the University of Central Missouri. Marks is a permanent professional-nationally certified teacher of music through the Music Teachers National Association, as well as a member of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers, and the National Federation of Music Clubs. She continues to develop and hone her piano expertise through advanced studies of the Taubman Approach with senior faculty members at the Golandsky Institute.

She has taught piano for over 30 years in Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, and currently has a studio in Angels Camp. She is also adjunct music faculty and accompanist at Columbia College.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students under 18, available at Mountain Bookshop and Sonora Music, by calling 536-0825 or at the door. A reception in the parish hall will follow the concert.

The series will conclude with a return engagement by pianist and entertainer Rudolph Budginas at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the Country Cowboy Church on Peaceful Valley Road in East Sonora. Tickets for the final concert are $20 for adults and $5 for students under 18.

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